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by Old Bruce
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 9711

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

From an old family recipe:
"Take sufficient flour ... add a small nob of butter...."
[sincere-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 5211

Re: 1979: "History"

... a stretch of about 30-some years between Grant and Teddy Roosevelt where even in AP History class we learned them as the Do-Nothing presidents. You describe, essentially, the full-facial-hair era of the U.S. presidency, when it was acceptable to sprout both beard and mustache, 1869-1893. Execut...
by Old Bruce
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 4272

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

Quick derail here [broken-train-tracks emoticon]: Are Gaffer, Duck and Duct tape all the same?
[evil-grin emoticon]
I do know that there is a type of tape used for hockey sticks but don't know what it is called. Maybe Hockey Stick Tape?
by Old Bruce
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 4259

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

My answer is either 'More than one.' or 'At least two.'
by Old Bruce
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1966: "Smart Home Security"
Replies: 9
Views: 2353

Re: 1966: "Smart Home Security"

It is funny because it is true. [smiley-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 4162

Re: 1962: “Generations”

Why? Sorry, that was a late night post that, in the cold light of day, didn't really work. I was thinking how Apple stopped incrementing the number after OS-X. Except for the Chinese version, OS-XI, that will now run forever Had brunch with some family members and we didn't talk about this because ...
by Old Bruce
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 2651

Re: 1961: Interaction

Small talk is hard. Yep, it is hard to believably fake my interest in the weather, traffic, someone's spawn, or sports; nor do I believe the fake interest from the other person. :roll: That's why it's an effective signaling behavior: it's expensive. You're not supposed to believe they are intereste...
by Old Bruce
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 2718

Re: 1959: "The Simpsons"

Mouseover caption: In-universe, Bart Simpson and Harry Potter were the same age in 1990. Bart is perpetually 10 years old because of a spell put on his town by someone trying to keep him from getting his Hogwarts letter. This makes so much sense. Now I understand why we don't know which state the t...
by Old Bruce
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 13826

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Hand written signs Those shouldn't be a thing. I'd be curious to see an example. I'll have to get a photograph of one. The one I saw recently was a pre-made sign with a blank space for a name. Eg "FOR ACCESS TO _______ FOLLOW DIVERSIONS" A sign that they can easily stick a name on to with...
by Old Bruce
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 2718

Re: 1959: "The Simpsons"

Mouseover caption: In-universe, Bart Simpson and Harry Potter were the same age in 1990. Bart is perpetually 10 years old because of a spell put on his town by someone trying to keep him from getting his Hogwarts letter. This makes so much sense. Now I understand why we don't know which state the t...
by Old Bruce
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 13826

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Pabb wrote:I can't help but think about the Sim City 1 solution: no roads, no cars, just railroads and trains everywhere....
...and there's probably tons of holes I haven't considered.

Those tons, are they weight or mass?
[snarky-wink-face emoticon] [smiley-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 35
Views: 4305

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

interesting that the only really problematic vulnerabilities are apple's. well, those and the CVE ~~ CiALiS ~~. I noticed that. I was expecting the mouse-over to be "Apple devices spontaneously combust if sent kitten pictures with Cyrillic captions" or something like that. Apple devices d...
by Old Bruce
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 2879

Re: 1955: "Robots"

I watched the video and thought they were cute. Yes I said it. Cute . What is wrong with me? Nothing. Well, maybe a false impression that the robots were cooperating and had a preference for going through that door. snip ... and I'd want one to teach it to get my groceries. That would be so cool. [...
by Old Bruce
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 2879

Re: 1955: "Robots"

I watched the video and thought they were cute. Yes I said it. Cute. What is wrong with me?
by Old Bruce
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 37
Views: 4248

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

Stargazer71 wrote:I'm really surprised by this. I thought he would have a comic about the Falcon Heavy for sure.

Maybe he drew a comic depicting it blowing up and had to quickly figure something else out instead.

Musk's stunt was anticipated by https://xkcd.com/1866/ Russel's Teapot.
by Old Bruce
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 4133

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

Come on people, what are we doing? This was Godwined in the alt-text. [head-scratching emoticon],[winkey-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 3162

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

In my will, I plan on leaving my brother a bunch of stuff I don't actually have. Let him drive himself nuts looking for it. Let me know how it works out, Um ... Sure I don't know either of them but it could be a story worth hearing. Um ... Do you have a Ouija board? No, but that is a mere bagatelle...
by Old Bruce
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 3162

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

To my mathematics teacher, I leave my Klein Bottle and its contents. Here in Minnesota, we have the Klein Bank . At first, I thought "that's a terrible place to deposit my money, anyone can just walk into their vault!" Then I realized all my money was already in the Klein Bank. Well playe...
by Old Bruce
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 3162

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

Cougar Allen wrote:
Old Bruce wrote:
da Doctah wrote:In my will, I plan on leaving my brother a bunch of stuff I don't actually have. Let him drive himself nuts looking for it.

Let me know how it works out,

Um ...

Sure I don't know either of them but it could be a story worth hearing.
by Old Bruce
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 3162

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

da Doctah wrote:In my will, I plan on leaving my brother a bunch of stuff I don't actually have. Let him drive himself nuts looking for it.

Let me know how it works out, because I may try it with one of my younger relations.
[winkey-face-emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 6231

Re: 1935: "2018"

... I still utterly fail to see the utility of a calendar that starts in September .) In my life there was one time it would have been nice to have a September starting calendar, but back then we were poor enough it would've fallen into the luxury category and been un-purchased. We waited until the...
by Old Bruce
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 5088

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

somitomi wrote:I still can't quite comprehend how the " solar road" idea managed to get off the ground in the first place.

So many puns, too tired to make them, I leave them as an exercise for the readers. [winky-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 5874

Re: 1904: Research Risks

The residents of central Oklahoma (and Max Zorin) might argue that geology should be moved up and to the right a bit... Hey, I saw "Superman: The Movie." That was Lex Luthor's entire plan for wiping out California! (or is that technically not WORLD domination as much as a real estate vent...
by Old Bruce
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 6695

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

richP wrote:I grew up watching Scooby and the gang get chased by mummies often enough to push archeologist to the right at least a bit.

How about old enough to have seen "Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy" on "The Big Show".
by Old Bruce
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 9928

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

colonel_hack wrote:
speising wrote:So, statistically at least, it's best to always bring a gun?

Or send a spork...
https://xkcd.com/419/

Because both (all?) participants will die horrible stabby deaths.
by Old Bruce
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 9441

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

pernishus wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:It should really be ROY G CAB is you want a properly-balanced spectrum by modern color theory. Hue angles 0, 30, 60, 120, 180, 210, and 240; red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, azure, blue.


Where is purple/violet in your model?

It/they don't really exist outside of our brains/minds.
by Old Bruce
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 7053

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

Imagine that a government would decree the following: “Starting this specified day, everybody in this country must get up one hour earlier than usual. You must all go to work an hour earlier, go out to lunch an hour earlier, go home an hour earlier, blah blah blah blah Imagine that a government wou...
by Old Bruce
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 9441

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Naming colours... I submit for your consideration: Wine dark sea . What the fuck? A question that people have been asking (almost verbatim, really) ever since Homer was translated into English. Maybe before; Greek is notorious for having concepts that translate poorly out of Greek, as Biblical scho...
by Old Bruce
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 9441

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Anthony Burgess was colourblind and therefore his wife was given the job of "dressing" his characters because he knew the words meant different colours and wouldn't see anything wrong with a purple pin-stipe suit paired with a yellow bowler hat being worn by a banker. Interesting, I also ...
by Old Bruce
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 9441

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Anthony Burgess was colourblind and therefore his wife was given the job of "dressing" his characters because he knew the words meant different colours and wouldn't see anything wrong with a purple pin-stipe suit paired with a yellow bowler hat being worn by a banker.
by Old Bruce
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 10505

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

by Old Bruce
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 10505

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Come on, I would've thought that by now there would be at least one reference to Jimmy Carter.
by Old Bruce
Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 4375

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

Soupspoon wrote:But what about the danger of the water in your area getting sucked up due to the gravitational conjunction...?!?

Wouldn't it be pushed down? All that dark matter in the shadow right!?
by Old Bruce
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 4375

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

Er ... uh ... Maybe this WILL be the end times. We'll get censored news of that in Idaho, where we will become serfs to the potato barons, pulling plows for a few spuds a day. Presuming we will be stuck in Idaho during the Tribulation, I would appreciate suggestions for good books about Mormon esch...
by Old Bruce
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 9778

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Angua wrote:I knew what Russell teapot was but got confused by the self launch thing. The sets containing themselves makes sense though.

May make sense to you but my brain always seizes up and I smell that burnt toast smell (until I unplug any and all toasters).
by Old Bruce
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 6052

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

widdershins. One of my favourite words ... I'm also very fond of "oblong" , ... Half of the time I figure oblong is a type of tea. The other half I try and remember what it is a collective noun for. I was startled awake by an oblong of ... Tea merchants? Haberdashers? Graphic Novel Inkers...
by Old Bruce
Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 6315

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

RogerB wrote:
Freedom 35 wrote:Did you see that ludicrous display last night?


What was Wenger thinking sending Walcott on that early?

My only regret is that http://www.bluffball.co.uk/ isn't a real website.

Ah, but the time of death site is still up http://www.howlonghaveyougot.com
by Old Bruce
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 6678

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

Pfhorrest wrote:To make this less about me personally, here are just some of things-responsible-people-are-supposed-to-do in the abstract
...snip...

To thine own self be true.
Chill, Winston.
by Old Bruce
Wed May 31, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 10214

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

All the words are english words but...
This reminded me of wayback when the publication Scientific American was good, each issue would have an article which would utterly baffle me. I couldn't identify the subject of the article; is it Maths or Biology, perhaps Astronomy or Geology.
by Old Bruce
Thu May 25, 2017 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1841: "Who?"
Replies: 29
Views: 4328

Re: 1841: "Who?"

Returning home after work one day my sister was looking out the window at the pedestrians and had an "I know him" moment of recognition. She turned to continue watching the fellow when her memory kicked out the fact that this was a good friend from childhood. She involuntarily loudly excla...

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